Today, the Democratic Party announced it has added two experienced voting rights experts to lead its Voter Protection program ahead of the 2024 elections. Cecilia Ugarte Baldwin has been hired as Voter Protection Director, and Liz Barrett will serve as Deputy Voter Protection Director.
Cecilia Ugarte Baldwin comes to the Georgia Democratic Party with considerable government, campaign and election protection experience. She most recently served as Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy and Cabinet Affairs to Governor Maura T. Healey in Massachusetts, championing and executing the Governor’s agenda in her inaugural year in office. Committed to social justice, equity and civil rights, Cecilia has supported the Democratic Party’s election protection efforts since 2016, and most recently ran the voter protection program in Ohio for the 2022 midterm elections.
Liz Barrett has worked extensively in Georgia since 2020 as a voter protection and election oversight advocate on behalf of the DPG, Fair Fight Action, and coordinated campaigns. She has Voter Protection experience across the entire election cycle administration process, advocating for election integrity and voter rights, recruiting and training VoPro volunteers and developing working relationships with nonpartisan voting rights organizations.
“Cecilia and Liz both bring extensive experience helping break down barriers to the ballot box, and we are thrilled to have them leading DPG’s Voter Protection team,” said Tolulope Kevin Olasanoye, Executive Director of the Democratic Party of Georgia. “Amid ongoing Republican threats to our democracy, DPG’s voter protection work has never been more important. I am confident that Cecilia and Liz’s vast voting rights expertise and experience will bring us forward in our fight to ensure that every eligible Georgian can make their voice heard in our elections.”
The Democratic Party of Georgia has built the nation’s premiere voter protection program. Over the last several election cycles, DPG’s voter protection team has assisted thousands of voters via its Voter Protection Hotline and helped Georgians across the state navigate obstacles to the ballot box.